About the Author

Rebecca Sanderson

I grew up in a very small town in Idaho with a backyard full of chickens, goats, sometimes sheep, sometimes ducks, and other random animals in addition to the standard cats and dogs. I am now married with two little girls and love the homesteading life! My husband is very supportive (tolerant) of my continued experiments in making many items from scratch, and he even helps sometimes.
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Articles by Rebecca Sanderson

Home Heating Options for the Homestead
September 20, 2020 · · Homesteading

With the weather cooling down, it is time to review our home heating options. You probably already have a heating system in place for your home, but is it actually heating your home to the extent that you need?

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How to Make Honey Soap
September 8, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Honey lends many beneficial qualities to homemade soap, but it can be a touch tricky to work with.

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Making Homemade Lipstick
August 7, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Learning how to make homemade lipstick is easy and gives you control over the ingredients. You just need a lip balm base, micas, and containers. In the …

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How to Make Body Butter, an Easy Recipe
July 12, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Learn how to make body butter by following an easy whipped shea body butter recipe. Extra dry skin is not exclusive to the winter months. In the …

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Avoiding Contamination While Making Goat Milk Lotion
June 26, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Making goat milk lotion isn’t difficult, but there are some steps that shouldn’t be avoided.
When making goat milk lotion, care must be taken to reduce and attempt to eliminate any possible bacteria.

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Is All Soap Antibacterial?
May 10, 2020 · · Soapmaking

We are so often cautioned to wash our hands, with soap, for at least 30 seconds in order to have clean hands and get rid of the bacteria. What happens to the bacteria that were on our hands? Is all soap antibacterial?

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When to Plant Vegetables – Charting for Success all Summer
May 6, 2020 · · Growing

You can have food throughout the entire growing season as long as you vary what you plant, when you plant, and always have something in every space.

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Why That Homemade Insecticidal Soap Might Kill Your Garden

One of the most prevalent DIY gardening hacks is to make homemade insecticidal soap, but I am here to tell you that it just might kill your garden.

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The 17 Best Oils for Face and Skin
April 15, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Is coconut oil good for your face? And what other oils do faces love? Here is a list of 17 of the best oils for face and skin tone.

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Tips for Using Botanical Extract Benefits in Soap
March 5, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Using extracts in soap making and homemade body products can add many great botanical extract benefits for your skin. They are fairly simple to use and will give your soaps and other products that little something extra to make them go above and beyond expectations.

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Making Biodiesel: A Lengthy Process
March 1, 2020 · · Homesteading

When James began looking into the process of making biodiesel as opposed to buying petrodiesel (what we buy at the gas station), he was hoping for a cheaper alternative to the $4 per gallon that he was spending at the pump. While he did not find that cheaper alternative, biodiesel is much better for the environment.

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Comparing the Best Wax for Candles
January 29, 2020 · · Soapmaking

There are several options for candle wax, and some waxes are better for certain types of candles. We will look at different factors as we compare the best wax for candles.

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A Love for Weaving
September 15, 2019 · · Sheep

When asked how long it takes to learn weaving, Linda says, “Well, I’m still learning! But, it probably depends on your instruction method.

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How to Make Shea Butter Traditionally
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Meet Yinka Adesola. Yinka lives in Nigeria, and every year she processes shea butter to sell. Growing up, she learned how to make shea butter as her …

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Harnessing Green Tea Skin Benefits in Your Soap
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites The benefits of green tea are becoming widely known. One way that we can receive green tea skin benefits is by using tea and extract in our …

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